Programmatic Award: Creating Sustainable Medical Education and Health Research Capacity in Botswana

The following grant was awarded by, is supported by, is administered by or is in partnership with the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Principal Institution

University of Botswana

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Nkomazana, Oathokwa

Year(s) Awarded


Collaborating Country



Harvard School of Public Health; University of Pennsylvania; Botswana-Harvard Partnership

Project Description

Abstract Text: A three-institution consortium led by the University of Botswana School of Medicine (UB SOM), along with the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Penn) and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) are proposing a transformative approach to problem-based learning and community-oriented medical education in Botswana. The consortium proposal defines innovative efforts to increase the number of clinicians while creating a healthcare workforce that will sustain a high-quality health care delivery system. Aim 1 seeks to strengthen and expand medical education at the UB SOM. MEPI support will facilitate the integration of public health education, training at Penn for upper year residents, continuing medical education for clinicians, career development for health professionals, and additional training for SOM faculty. Aim 2 seeks to enhance the teaching platform and care delivery standards within the existing health system to allow for institutional and program accreditation. Accreditation generates confidence in educational institutions and health professionals. It will encourage young doctors to remain in Botswana to practice and, by establishing a rigorous academic environment, will attract and retain more highly qualified academic faculty. Aim 3 represents a concerted effort to develop local research capacity for biomedical, clinical and health services research. MEPI support will facilitate student and faculty exchanges for those wishing to conduct research in the basic and clinical sciences. The Health Services Research Unit (HSRU) will be created and will serve as a hub for innovative health services research and multidisciplinary, locally-driven research training at the UB SOM and in the Southern African region. Aim 4 intends to transform current HIV clinical outreach sites into general medical educational facilities, which enhance learning opportunities for students while improving access to clinical services for high risk populations.

Funding in entirety by the Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator (OGAC).

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